Paramount have announced their fifth entry in the Transformers franchise will open in cinemas on June 23, 2017. It is to be the last of the Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay, who helmed all four of the previous movies.
But wait, there’s more. Transformers 6 (6!?) will hit cinemas on June 8, 2018, and it will be followed up by one more sequel, which is scheduled to come out on June 28, 2019. So, it pretty much looks like Transformers is becoming the new Fast & Furious franchise, but those movies have arguably gotten stronger while the same can’t be said for Bay’s overloud, overlong Autobot adventures.
However, there is one small thing to consider in the line-up, the 2018 movie is actually a Bumblebee spinoff movie. Yup, really.
Last year, Paramount began forming a Transformers “writers room” with the purpose of planning out both multi-part sequels in the main franchise and character spin-offs, so it looks as though the franchise isn’t going away anytime soon. Although it has its fair share of critical detractors, Transformers: Age of Extinction raked in well over $1 billion at the global box office.
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UPDATE: As we reported last May (here), there is a standalone Bumblebee movie coming. Tom Warner, the Transformers franchise leader for Hasbro, said: “This summer we worked closely with a talented team of A-list screenwriters to map out the future of the Transformers universe, and things kick off in a major way in 2017 with the release of Transformers 5 in June. And we’re working on a spin-off movie centered around Bumblebee for 2018 and the next chapter for 2019.”